March 18 (Reuters) – Canada and Portland Thorns forward Janine Beckey will miss this year’s Women’s Globe Cup soon after confirming on Friday that she has torn the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her proper knee.

In a statement on their web page, reigning National Women’s Soccer League (NVSL) champions Thorns stated Becky would miss the remainder of the 2023 season, adding that she would “have surgery in the coming weeks to repair the injury.”

The 28-year-old, who was component of the Olympic gold medal-winning group at the 2021 Tokyo Games, scored 36 ambitions in 101 games for Canada.

“Heartbroken is an understatement,” Becky, who also played for Manchester City and the Houston Dash, stated in an Instagram post.

“I worked difficult in the off-season for what should really have been a single of the largest seasons of my profession, defending the title for the Thorns and of course playing in the Globe Cup for Canada, becoming out for an extended period of time is a difficult pill to swallow.”

“I will be supporting my teammates for each club and nation this season and it goes without having saying that I will be back far better and stronger than ever!”

Becky’s injury will be a significant blow for Canada, which is searching to win its 1st Globe Cup at this year’s occasion, hosted by New Zealand and Australia from July 20 to August 20.

They start their campaign in Group B against Nigeria on July 21 prior to facing Ireland and hosts Australia.

Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru Editing by William Mallard

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